26 August 2008 MISSE 6: testing materials in space
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The objective of the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) is to study the performance of novel materials when subjected to the synergistic effects of the harsh space environment for several months. In this paper, a few materials and components from NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) that have been flown on MISSE 6 mission will be discussed. These include laser and optical elements for photonic devices. The pre-characterized MISSE 6 materials were packed inside a ruggedized Passive Experiment Container (PEC) that resembles a suitcase. The PEC was tested for survivability due to launch conditions. Subsequently, the MISSE 6 PEC was transported by the STS-123 mission to International Space Station (ISS) on March 11, 2008. The astronauts successfully attached the PEC to external handrails and opened the PEC for long term exposure to the space environment. The plan is to retrieve the MISSE 6 PEC by STS-128 mission in 2009.
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Narasimha S. Prasad, Narasimha S. Prasad, William H. Kinnard, William H. Kinnard, } "MISSE 6: testing materials in space", Proc. SPIE 7095, Nanophotonics and Macrophotonics for Space Environments II, 70950D (26 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.796811; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.796811
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